Rhetorical Theory and Visual Rhetoric PhD Preliminary Exam List

In October, I’ll be taking PhD Preliminary Exams. So, just for fun, here’s one of my lists, called Rhetorical Theory and Visual Rhetoric, in a rough chronological order. There’s also a note at the bottom that explains some of the sources.
Gorgias, “Encomium of Helen” (ca. 414 B.C.E.)
Isocrates, Against the Sophists (ca. 390 B.C.E.)
Plato, Gorgias (ca. 386 B.C.E.)
Plato, Phaedrus (ca. 370 B.C.E.)
Aristotle, On Rhetoric (Aristotle taught a course in rhetoric in ca. 358 [Rhetorical Tradition 169]. The exact date of the Rhetoricis not known or disputed.).
Isocrates, Antidosis (ca. 353 B.C.E.)
Cicero, De Oratore (55 B.C.E.)
Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria. Selections from books 2, 6, 10, 11, and 12. (95 A.D.)
Kenneth Burke, Counter-Statement (1931)
Kenneth Burke, Permanence and Change (1935)
Kenneth Burke, Attitudes Toward History (1937)
Kenneth Burke, “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s ‘Battle’” (1939)
Kenneth Burke, Philosophy of Literary Form (1941)
Kenneth Burke, A Grammar of Motives (1945)
Kenneth Burke, A Rhetoric of Motives (1950)
Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts‐Tyteca, The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation (1958)
Kenneth Burke, A Rhetoric of Religion (1961)
Gui Bonsiepe. “Visual/Verbal Rhetoric.” Ulm 14/15/16 (1965): 37-42.
Kenneth Burke, Language as Symbolic Action (1966)
Lloyd Bitzer, “The Rhetorical Situation” (1968)
Michel Foucault from The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969)
Chaim Perelman, “The New Rhetoric: A Theory of Practical Reasoning” (first published in 1970)
Michel Foucault from The Order of Discourse (1971)
Richard E. Vatz, “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation” (1973)
Scott Consigny, “Rhetoric and Its Situations” (1974)
Chaim Perelman, The Realm of Rhetoric (1977)
Roland Barthes. “The Rhetoric of the Image.” Image/Music/Text. Ed. and trans. Stephen Heath. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977. 32-51.
Carolyn Miller. “Genre as Social Action.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 70 (1984): 151‐176.
Hanno Ehses and Ellen Lupton. Rhetorical Handbook: An Illustrated Manual for Graphic Designers. Design Papers 5. Nova Scotia: Design Division. 1988.
Kenneth Burke, On Symbols and Society. Joseph R. Gusfield, Ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989.
Scott McCloud. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York: HarperCollins. 1993.
Andrea Lunsford, ed. Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition. Pittsburgh:
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1995.
J. Anthony Blair. “The Possibility and Actuality of Visual Arguments.” Argumentation and Advocacy 33, 1996. 23-39.
Richard Graff and Michael Leff. “Revisionist Historiography and Rhetorical Tradition(s).” In The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005. 11‐30.
Gesche Joost and Arne Scheuermann. “Design as Rhetoric—Basic Principles for Design Research.” Paper Presented at the Symposium of Swiss Design Network, 2007. 1-15.
Caroline van Eck. Classical Rhetoric and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Kathleen S. Lamp. “‘A City of Brick’: Visual Rhetoric in Roman Rhetorical Theory and Practice.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 44(2): 2011. 171-193.
Gillian Rose. Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage. 2012.
J. Anthony Blair. “The Rhetoric of Visual Arguments.” Groundwork in the Theory of Argumentation: Selected Papers of J. Anthony Blair. Argumentation Library 21, 2012. 261-279.
Note: The dates from Gorgias to Quintilian came from The Rhetorical Tradition 2nd edition that was edited by Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg in 2000.

Also, the total number of texts is a bit misleading because, for example, Joseph Gusfield’s On Symbols and Society, is a collection of excerpts from Kenneth Burke’s major books, though in this list I have listed the major books as well as Gusfield’s own book. Foucault and Perelman are also excerpted in The Rhetorical Tradition, 2ndedition, too. I made this list just for fun. And I also wanted to see everything in a sort of timeline. That’s all for now.

One thought on “Rhetorical Theory and Visual Rhetoric PhD Preliminary Exam List”

  1. If our prelim lists had looked like that I might have stayed in rhetoric instead of switching to medicine.

    You seriously get to study comics? That's awesome. How did you pick which books to put on the lists?

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